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Reports of shots fired in Downtown Pensacola
PENSACOLA -- For the past year Pensacola police have increased their patrols downtown on Thursday nights..
Six to eight officers are on duty when the bars close.
The crowds are still causing problems.
We got tips from several people telling us they heard gun shots around 3 am Thursday.
They say the shots were fired just a block from Bedlam's and World of Beer. Fortunately no one was hit.
But residents want something to be done.
"That's not the message we want to send to our community about Downtown Pensacola."
"They have lost a little feeling of safety."
Debra Dunlap took this video and she says this is often the scene late night in downtown Pensacola on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, loud music and people filling the street. She says the later it gets, the more things escalate.
"We have heard gunshots before, I understand some were fired recently."
Residents reported hearing anywhere from 5-10 gunshots last Thursday although it's rare to hear gunfire. Dunlap says the crowd is consistently rowdy.
"It hasn't always been like this. It has been progressively worse over the past six months."
City Councilman Brian Spencer says he's had several people contact him with questions...
"Is their safety in jeopardy, see how city government is following up on this illegal activity..."
About a year ago, police beefed up patrols on Thursday nights .
That's college night, when anyone older than 18 can get into some of the bars.
Spencer says having more police out there has helped control the crowds.
"I know it's effective, that's the positive, the negative is the disproportion is temporarily depleting police presence in other neighborhoods."
The police tell us the increased presence has cut down on how many reports are filed from the bar scene.
As far as the shots fired, no one was arrested but if you have any information about anyone involved, call the Pensacola Police Department.